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Newcomers to America should assimilate

People wave U.S. flags during a naturalization ceremony

People wave U.S. flags during a naturalization ceremony at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. Credit: AP

Newcomers should assimilate

I’ve heard many theories on immigration, pertaining to what it has done to America and our culture. Columnist Michael Dobie just about nailed it and is the best I’ve read or heard to date on the subject [“Is this who we really are?” Opinion, March 12].

We are a nation of immigrants, a phrase that is overused. But we are also the citizens of this country, and we, or our ancestors, built what we have, so we do have a say in the future.

I believe it’s the duty of people who come here to learn America’s culture and language. Continuing to enjoy speaking their native language and type of cuisine is fine, and we would like to participate with them. This has been an ingredient of our successful melting pot.

Robert Casale, Glen Head

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